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Where to Get a Festive Afternoon Tea in Leeds

· Darcie Hewitt-Dudding · Christmas

A seasonal twist on a delicious British classic.

Afternoon tea Harewood House

From turkey & cranberry sandwiches to mini Christmas puds, prepare to tuck in to some tasty treats.

It’s not Christmas without a little bit of indulgence, and what better way to treat yourself than with a festive afternoon tea? These Leeds venues have perfected theirs, with tier upon tier of sandwiches, savouries, mini cakes and desserts all with a seasonal twist. Served with lashings of tea, coffee or a glass of something fizzy, you’re really in for a delightful afternoon.


Festive afternoon tea, Browns

Browns is always magical at Christmas. Set in what used to be a bank, the high ceilings, grand furnishings and their refined festive sparkle combine to give you that excited Christmas feeling down in your toes. The afternoon tea is something special, too. The savoury tier starts off strong with a soft brioche roll filled with creamy heritage hen egg mayo and a whisky and thyme oatcake topped with smoked salmon and cream cheese.

On the sweet tier, there’s a range of treats waiting patiently to be devoured. Think short, crumbly pastry packed with sweet mincemeat, moreish macarons and light, airy sponge cakes drizzled with lemon icing. No afternoon tea is complete without scones, and these ones are served warm, with classic clotted cream and a choice of jams.

Browns, The Light, 70-72 The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 8EQ. Available with a glass of Prosecco for £25 per person or with a glass of Moet et Chandon Imperial Champagne for £30 per person.

Oulton Hall

Oulton Hall, afternoon tea

If it’s a Christmassy afternoon tea with a stunning view you’re looking for, then Oulton Hall is the perfect place. It’s served in the beautiful surroundings of the historic Drawing Room and Library by your own butler tending to your every need. Expect your savouries to be piled high with delicious Christmas flavours like honey roast ham with caramelised chutney, Scottish salmon with lemon crème fraîche and brie & cranberry.

But it doesn’t stop there. You’ll also get a crispy-on-the-outside, gooey-on-the-inside cheese and leek croquette, with a side of rhubarb jam to smother on top. The sweets also shine, with a dark chocolate Christmas pudding, mince pie & brandy cream and a sensational snowball panna cotta to name just a few of the delights that’ll be gracing your tiers.

Oulton Hall, Rothwell Lane, Oulton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS26 8HN. £25 per person from Monday to Thursday, £29 per person from Friday to Sunday.

Harewood House

Harewood Afternoon Tea

Harewood House’s festive afternoon tea is one of the best in Leeds for families. Not only does the whole gang get to enjoy the house at yuletide, with its twinkling lights, giant Christmas trees and festive installations from immersive artists Lord Whitney, but they do a children’s afternoon tea too. All the dishes are locally sourced, with as much as possible from the estate’s very own Walled Garden, wild land and flock of sheep.

So, what are you waiting for? Get stuck in to drool-inducing seasonal savouries like turkey and cranberry tart, crayfish vol-au-vent, and spiced goose and bacon sausage roll. The homemade desserts are equally as tasty, with Douglas fir battenberg, gingerbread marshmallow and blackberry and spiced white choc macaron. It’s all washed down with a glass of tea or fizz. Christmas perfection.

Harewood House, Sandy Gate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS17 9LE. £35 per adult and £20 per child.


Festive afternoon tea, Dakota

Dakota is the epitome of contemporary luxury, and their festive afternoon tea is no different. Get in the yuletide mood with a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie in the glamorous surrounds of their low-lit cocktail lounge. Then, once they’ve brought out your three tiers of Christmas joy, you can really get stuck in. There are four different finger sandwiches, all filled with seasonal yumminess, from turkey and cranberry to ham and honey mustard.

When it comes to the sweet stuff you’re spoilt for choice. And the best bit is, you don’t even have to choose, you can just scoff them all! Layer up your freshly baked, warm scones with Devonshire clotted cream and sweet strawberry preserve to start. Then move on to one of the other delicious winter-inspired cakes and sweets, like the sticky Yorkshire parkin.

Dakota, 8 Russell Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5RN. £25 per person, served with a complimentary glass of mulled wine and mince pies.

Yard & Coop

Festive afternoon tea, Yard and Coop

If you like your finger food to be finger-licking, then Yard & Coop is the place to go. There’s no standing on ceremony here, with this laidback, casual afternoon tea. Instead of delicate sandwiches and savouries, you’ll find a fully loaded tier of crispy fries (sweet potato and regular) piled high with buttermilk fried chicken tenders, sage and pulled chicken stuffing, crispy parsnips and topped off with salt & pepper kale.

After you’ve polished off all of that deliciousness, there’s another tier of sticky, meaty morsels, all just begging to be dunked in cranberry ketchup. When it comes to the desserts, there’s nothing to disappoint here. Gobble down chocolatey yule log, indulgent chocolate pots and crumbly mince pies to finish off your afternoon nicely.

Yard & Coop, 6-8 Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PQ. £25 per person.